Au Sable River Watershed Restoration Committee
Full Membership Meeting
October 30, 2009
Crawford County Devereaux Memorial Library
The meeting was called to order at 1:10 p.m. by Chairman Andrus.
Committee members and guests in attendance: Bob Stuber, Glen Eberly, Mark Hendricks, Patrick Ertel, Roger Fechner, Mieka Rueger, Lloyd Troyer, Tom Buhr, and Bob Andrus.
Formal approval of February 20th minutes and Treasurer’s Report were postponed until February 2010 meeting. The Committee presently has a balance of about $3,000 resulting from a recent donation from the Mason-Griffith Founders Chapter of TU.
Motion to approve $500 grant to the Cedars of the Au Sable program. Second. Passed.
The Committee selected two projects to be developed for the 2010 work year. A watershed invasive species project that focuses primarily on eradication of purple loosestrife and a re-inventory of stream-bank erosion. The Invasive Species committee will be chaired by Glen Eberly and members include Jennifer Muladore, Dave Smith, and Meika Rueger. The Stream-bank Inventory Committee will be Chaired by Bob Andrus and members include Tom Buhr, Bob Stuber, Patrick Ertel, and Mark Hendricks. Both Committee’s will meet prior to the February meeting to develop these projects. Anyone who would like to serve on these committee’s are encouraged to contact the Chairmen.
The two projects were selected by the Committee from a list of eight possible projects identified as high need at the February 2009 meeting. The Committee felt the selected projects could be done in the up-coming work year and were not cost prohibitive.
Huron-Pines has applied for several grants to fund other project from the Committee’s February 2009 list. Those include a new Au Sable Watershed-shed Management Plan (the highest priority of the Committee), Roscommon storm-water treatment, and Dam Inventory. It was felt that education, another priority item, should be a component of all projects. The Committee applauds Huron Pines for its dedication to the Au Sable River Watershed.
Motion to elect Tom Buhr as Chairman, Roger Fechner as Vice Chairman, and Bob Andrus as Secretary. Seconded. Passed. The Treasurer’s position will be filled at the February 2010 meeting. Congratulations Tom.
Partner project updates were given by the Restoration Committee, Huron-Pines, US Forest Service, North Branch Restoration Committee, Au Sable Big Waters, Oscoda Conservation District, and Mason-Griffith Founders Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The Committee 2009 Year-end Report will summarize project work by the named and other Committee partners.